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Monday, August 21, 2000
Battledom In Beta
4:06 PM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

An alert IMG forum participant pointed us towards Battledom, a free web-based game that is currently in beta testing. While the game itself is entirely cross-plaftform, based on Javascript, the map editing tools are Mac-only -- a delicious twist on the norm.

The current public beta test allows 200 users at a time. You simply create an account, and then follow the tutorial to get on your way. This game is designed to be a long-term turn-based strategy game, with the eventual goal being domination of levels and kingdoms. In the classic build-and-conquer model, you must improve your kingdom, raise an army, and beat back your foes. Here is a description from the web site:

Battledom is a graphical strategy game, and is very slow paced. This means that you can not play it for an evening and forget about it. The idea is that you play it for a bit every day, becoming every more powerful - the longer you play it the better ! There are lots of other people like yourself to play with, and to interact with. The goal in Battledom is to become as powerful as possible in the world, but the game is also about the community. You have to correspond with your allies in order to do well, and help each other out in difficult situations.

Battledom is set in a fantasy-medieval world, populated by hundreds of players all with an army, of varying people, from poor Peasants to deadly Dragons and at least one fotification of some kind each, whether it be wooden spikes on a hill, or a huge, deadly fortress. When you join, you will get the most basic - a fortification, along with 20 peasants and 5 warriors to get you started. It will be your job to create your own empire, by building more buildings within your base, and training Warriors and Knights to send out over the huge world of forests, seas and grassy plains, capturing other peoples' bases to push them out of the game, and to earn a tactical advantage. You are never far away from an enemy, so it gets tough quickly !

This game is free, so be sure and give it a try if turn-based games are your cup of tea. Note that a fast Internet connection is a must, unless you are especially gifted in the patience department. And if you have an interest in building maps for this game, make sure you contact the team to receive the development tools.

Battledom Site

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